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Relevant court forms

Parental consent for passport applications

A passport application for a child must be signed by both parents or guardians.

Where the parents are not married the father's consent is required if he is a joint guardian of the child.

What happens if one or other parent or guardian will not sign the passport application?

Where one or other of the parents/guardians refuse to sign the application form the other parent/guardian can apply to the court for an order dispensing with the second signature.

What happens if one or other parent or guardian cannot be found to sign the passport application?

Where one or other of the parents/guardians cannot be found and therefore cannot sign the application form, the other parent/guardian can apply to the court for an order dispensing with the second signature.

How to make an application

Most applications to dispense with a signature are made to the District Court. You will need to contact the District Court office in the area where you live or where the other parent or guardian or child lives. You will need to lodge the relevant court forms in the court office. Court staff will identify the forms you need to make your application but cannot tell you what to put in the forms.

When you have completed the necessary form(s) you must apply to have your application listed before the court. You must also attend in court on the day to make your application.

Court forms

District Court: S.I. No. 125 of 1999: District Court (Custody and Guardianship of Children) Rules, 1999

  • Form 58.17: Notice of application for the court's direction - section 11(1) and 11(4)

 

Relevant legislation

  • Article 42 Constitution of Ireland
  • Guardianship of Infants Act, 1964

 

Court rules


S.I. No. 93 of 1997: District Court Rules, 1997